At one point, eons ago, I signed up for LinkedIn. I never use it, but have not unsubscribed. I get updates that friends have made new connections there, but still I have yet to see the value… until last night.
Last night I got a LinkedIn update with a message to me copied into the email:
Hello Ms. Victor, This is Lilly xxxxx. I hope you still remember me. I am in DP1 now at XXXXXXXXXXXX School, and in my first TOK essay I described how you taught me how to love books (I still do!). I hope you and your cats are well. Kind regards, Lilly
Now, I taught Lilly 8 years ago two schools ago, but immediately she flashed before my eyes and I could picture her as an 8 year old and even hear her voice. Her message was such a kindness and I immediately answered her back letting her know this.
Just the day before I had been doing the math with my current class and realizing that my first class of fifth graders were now 46-year-olds. Hard to believe! I wish I could hear from them all. Having moved so many times in my life I have lost touch with almost all of them.
There is nothing like a (positive) blast from the past to cheer up a long day online. It has me projecting 11 years from now and picturing the kids I teach now and wherever we may be then. I hope they all still love books!